Headline News

Join our mailing list to receive a weekly transportation news round-up, plus Berkeley Transportation Quarterly, our research news publication.
  • California's industrial emissions of greenhouse gases dropped for the third straight year in 2011, according to figures released this month by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The decline adds to a so-far unbroken trend since CARB started tracking the emissions in 2008.

  • Nothing ruins a public transportation rider's day quite like waiting around for a train or bus that never shows up. Turns out that if it happens enough, riders will start giving up on transit, according to a new report. University of California, Berkeley researchers examined exactly what effect a transit system's unreliability has on its customers. While it's well-known that reliability is important to riders, it's less understood how, exactly, common transit problems impact the public's likelihood to reduce their ridership in the long-term.

  • While Muni negotiates with a North Beach property owner on how it will remove boring tools for the Central Subway project, major planning and approval decisions regarding the controversial extraction process await.

    SF Examiner
  • Santa Rosa traffic engineers are hoping a new kind of traffic signal will help drivers make better decisions when they make left turns at intersections in the city. The city is the first in Sonoma County to install traffic signals with flashing yellow left-turn arrows.

    Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
  • The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authoriy, said Thursday they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 mph along both coasts of the United States.

    AP/Oakland Tribune
  • A state agency is investigating the conduct of the ship pilot who was in charge of the empty oil tanker that sideswiped the Bay Bridge last week, and could yank his license if it finds him at fault for the accident.

    SF Chronicle
  • zzgas.jpg

    If the gas tax were a fuel gauge, its needle would be quivering pretty close to Empty. As great as hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars are for the environment, each new one to hit the road diminishes gas tax revenue....The state of Oregon is trying to overcome privacy concerns by exploring options for being tracked in a mileage program. In a new V.M.T. fee pilot program, still in progress, participants can choose from five mileage reporting plans, ranging in transparency from invisible to opaque.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Mississippi.jpg

     For months along the Mississippi River here, the withering drought has caused record-breaking low water levels that have threatened to shut down traffic on the world’s largest navigable inland waterway....The fact that the river has remained open for business along the critical “Middle Miss” — the 200 miles between the Mississippi’s last dam-and-locks structure, above St. Louis, down to Cairo, Ill., where the plentiful Ohio River flows in — stems from a remarkable feat of engineering that involved months of nonstop dredging, blasting and scraping away of rock obstructions along the riverbed, effectively lowering the bottom of the channel by two feet. 

    New York Times
  • Long Island, that strange place jutting east from New York City for 100 miles, was once the very symbol of America’s postwar future, of youth and growth, and is now the opposite of that. It is an old suburb that ran out of places to sprawl, was badly hit by recession a decade ago and again in the latest downturn, and is feeling its age....This year’s report was on mass transit, specifically increasing the capacity and usefulness of the Long Island Rail Road, the sprawling passenger network that hasn’t grown significantly in, oh, a century and a half.

    New York Times
  • High-speed rail skeptics gained new traction Wednesday with the promotion of Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, to chairmanship of the House panel that oversees railroads. A sharp critic of California's ambitious high-speed rail plan, Denham can use his post to challenge one of the Obama administration's top public works priorities. Future rail legislation must pass through Denham's subcommittee, which can also hold hearings to shed potentially unflattering light on specific projects like California's.

    Fresno Bee